London: Heart patients who discontinue taking the prescribed aspirin are two thirds more likely to suffer another attack, according to a new research.
It found that up to half of long-term users are believed to stop taking aspirin against medical advice.
The findings come from a UK database of nearly 40,000 patients who had been prescribed the drug by their doctor.
Low-dose aspirin is recommended for all heart disease patients to help prevent blood clots, which can lead to future heart attacks.
“This research is yet another reminder of how effective a little daily pill of aspirin can be at preventing someone from having another heart attack. So it`s very concerning how many people with heart disease are not taking their aspirin,” the BBC quoted Ellen Mason, of the British Heart Foundation, as saying.
“This very cheap, but valuable, golden oldie is one of the best researched drugs we have in our arsenal to stop further heart attacks. The benefits certainly outweigh any risks for most people,” he said.
“If you`ve had a heart attack then stopping taking your aspirin increases your risk of having another heart attack and this can result in permanent damage to your heart. Don`t simply stop taking your meds, always talk to your doctor first,” he added.
The study appears in the British Medical Journal.